UK Men's Basketball

This week's UK opponents

St. John's Red Storm


Big East/SEC Challenge

Rupp Arena

(7:30 p.m., ESPN2)

About the opponent

Location: Queens, N.Y.

Enrollment: 20,352

School colors: Red and white

Conference: Big East

Coach: Steve Lavin

Series: Kentucky leads 10-5

Last meeting: St. John's won 62-61 on Nov. 9, 2000, in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic in New York.

2011-12: St. John's is 4-3, with victories over William & Mary, Lehigh, UMBC and St. Francis, N.Y., and losses to No. 23 Arizona and No. 25 Texas A&M and Northeastern. Head coach Steve Lavin is still recovering from prostate cancer surgery in October and is operating on a modified schedule that has caused him to miss two of the Red Storm's games. Assistant coach Mike Dunlap has served as head coach in those instances. Four players average double-figure scoring for St. John's: freshman guard D'Angelo Harrison (15.3), freshman swingman Moe Harkless (15.2), sophomore guard Nurideen Lindsey (14.2) and junior forward God'sgift Achiuwa (10.3).

North Carolina Tar Heels


Rupp Arena

(Noon, CBS-27)

About the opponent

Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.

Enrollment: 27,700

School colors: Carolina blue and white

Conference: Atlantic Coast

Coach: Roy Williams

Series: North Carolina leads 22-12

Last meeting: Kentucky won 76-69 on March 27, 2011, in the NCAA East Regional finals at Newark, N.J.

2011-12: No. 1-ranked North Carolina was 5-0 entering Saturday night's late game against UNLV, with wins over Michigan State, North Carolina-Asheville, Mississippi Valley State, Tennessee State and South Carolina. The Tar Heels warm up for their showdown with No. 2 Kentucky with a home game Wednesday (9:30 p.m., ESPN) against No. 11 Wisconsin. Sophomore forward Harrison Barnes leads UNC scoring 17 points per game. John Henson, a 6-foot-11 junior, averages 16.5 points and 10.8 rebounds. Tyler Zeller, a 7-foot senior, is collecting 16 points and 7.8 boards per game.